Data from: Co-infections and environmental conditions drive the distributions of blood parasites in wild birds

Nicholas J. Clark, Konstans Wells, Dimitar Dimitrov & Sonya M. Clegg
Experimental work increasingly suggests that non-random pathogen associations can affect the spread or severity of disease. Yet due to difficulties distinguishing and interpreting co-infections, evidence for the presence and directionality of pathogen co-occurrences in wildlife is rudimentary. We provide empirical evidence for pathogen co-occurrences by analysing infection matrices for avian malaria (Haemoproteus and Plasmodium spp.) and parasitic filarial nematodes (microfilariae) in wild birds (New Caledonian Zosterops spp.). Using visual and genus-specific molecular parasite screening, we...

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  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
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  • Griffith University
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  • Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
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  • University of Oxford
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